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Joseph William Polisi (born 1947) is the president of the Juilliard School, a position he has held since 1984 which he assumed upon the death of his predecessor, Peter Mennin. Son of William Polisi (bassoonist of the New York Philharmonic), he was instrumental in the construction of the Juilliard Residence Hall, and has focused his tenure on "community building". He is the author of The Artist as Citizen, a book which implores the classical music world to reach out to society at large.
Joseph Polisi received a B.A. in political science from the University of Connecticut and subsequently received a M.A. in international relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, at Tufts University. He holds graduate degrees from Yale University in music where he completed a Ph.D. of Musical Arts in 1980. Joseph studied the bassoon with his late father and performed through his undergraduate years, and additionally studied with Maurice Allard at the Conservatoire de Paris from 1973-74.
Dr. Polisi was the Executive Officer of the Yale School of Music (1976–1980) and then served in the capacity as the dean of the music department at the Manhattan School of Music (1983–1984) and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music from 1983-1984.
Dr. Polisi has performed with the Juilliard Orchestra.